Autumn wedding shoot at Trimborn Farm

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Photos by Kate Romenesko

Photos by Kate Romenesko

I wanted to share a few images from a shoot I recently styled and designed florals for, along with some fantastic vendors. The design and color palette inspiration I used for this shoot came from Johannes Vermeer's painting Girl Reading a Letter at Open Window. For the flowers, I used a mixture of dahlias, spray roses, and protea, along with foraged greens and leaves. I was so grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many amazingly talented vendors - check them out and show them some love!

Photography: Kate Romenesko / Model: Molly Rasmussen / Jewelry: Lizzibeth, LLC / Hair: Laura Timmer of The Beauty Department / Makeup: Jenn Hendrikson of The Beauty Department  / Dress: Sarah Janks / Vintage rentals: A La Crate / Headpiece: Lacielle Roselle  / Planning + Styling + Flowers: Kate Weinstein of Le Bash 


Our Milwaukee Wedding: The Flowers

Hey all! I know this blog has been a little quiet, but behind the scenes, things have been very busy at LeBash. I have some big dreams for this business and I've been working on some plans for a new offering that will allow us to better help our clients create one-of-a-kind, unique, and beautifully designed celebration. Helping clients create events that bring people together, strengthen families a relationships, and create priceless memories is my passion. I'm really excited about what we've got in the works, and I can't share too much yet, but hopefully I can in the next few months... Make sure to follow me on instagram  where I'll be posting hints from time to time.

On a less-cryptic note, I wanted to share some pictures of the flowers from our wedding day! As the bride, those days leading up the wedding were intense. We did ALL the flowers, and wowza it was A LOT of work. But so worth it -- I  had the flowers of my dreams, and for me, it was so much more meaningful knowing they were my own designs. 

When arranging flowers, I try to use a a variety of sizes and mix textures, and I wanted a romantic, organic, and loose aesthetic for our wedding flowers. For focal flowers (or the larger flowers), I used garden roses, peonies, and dahlias. As secondary flowers (smaller flowers), I went with ranunculas, anemones, scabiosa, and godetia. For texture and character, I used hanging amaranthus, jasmine vine, hypericum berries, almond blossom branches, and chocolate lace flowers, and for greens I used olive leaf branches, bay leaf branches, salal, pit, and dusty miller. For filler flowers, I used carnations and spray roses. 






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So get this. Right before the wedding, I WON a spot in the designlovefest video blogshop class in Chicago! The class was the Monday before the wedding, and under normal circumstances, I would never recommend signing up for any extracurricular activities the week of your wedding. But when I WON, I just HAD to go. It was something I'd been wanting to do for a long time, and Bri and Angela were the coolest. The class inspired me to make more videos. So here is my first official post-class video, taken with my iPhone. Not the best quality, but its a start! I didn't have a moment to breathe those last few days before the wedding, let alone take video or photos, so I'm glad that I got a few shots in!

Doing my own flowers days before the wedding was overwhelming and exhilarating at the same time. All in all, not including our greenery, we had over 500 stems of flowers. That's a whole lotta fleurs. But looking around the reception hall at all of our work and seeing my dream flowers was just the best feeling in the world. I couldn't have done it without the help of my mom, mother-in-law, matron of honor, and another friend, who were all in and out at different times helping me carry, cut, and arrange the flowers.

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If you are thinking about doing your own flowers, I'd say, be very cautious. I can't stress enough how much work and manual labor is involved. Its not a project that can be done in advance like other DIY projects, and you really need to know what you are doing before you start because you won't have an opportunity for a re-do. Flowers can be very temperamental, and they aren't always friendly to work with. Personally, I had experience working with and arranging flowers, so I knew I could do it. But more importantly, I love and adore working with flowers. So for me, I had to DIY and I'd do it again. 


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Our Milwaukee Wedding: Married!


First photo from our wedding day by Apryl Ann Photography .

 On June 1, 2013, surrounded by the love and support of our family and friends, I married my best friend and the most amazing man I've ever met.

I didn't expect to feel so strongly about our wedding day, or maybe I just didn't know what to expect or how I would feel, but every photo, every moment, every memory, every person, and every piece from that day is so incredibly precious to me.

Wedding update: 5 weeks

We've got less that five weeks to go and the excitement just continues to build!

This past weekend, we took some engagement photos with the lovely Laurelyn, and had so much fun! We were blessed with some amazing light on the evening of our shoot, and Laurelyn captured everything beautifully. There were so many photos we loved and I will share the rest soon, but here is a preview from the shoot.

Also this past weekend, we had our second bridal shower, this time hosted by my aunts at my parents' house in Illinois. It was a special time and we are so grateful to for all the love and support behind our upcoming marriage.

The RSVPs are rolling in every day and its been fun to get the daily call from my mom with an update on the ones they are receiving in the mail. We asked that guests respond by next week, so soon we will be able to start working on place cards and seating charts.

I still need to figure out my shoes, my wedding hair, and my makeup. And I've still got a lot to do from a decor standpoint. I've got it all in my head what I want to do, and I just have to start pulling the trigger on some items :)

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Stay warm and stay dry Milwaukee.


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